Britain and Europe: A Short History

Britain and Europe: A Short History

by Jeremy Black


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Amid the ongoing Brexit crisis, both sides are appealing to Britain's past relationship with Europe to justify their positions. But much specious history is presented to argue for either the closeness or distance of our political, cultural and economic links with 'the Continent'. We urgently need a dispassionate account of how Britain's history truly fits into a European context.

How similar has Britain been to other European countries, and in what respects? Do Brits feel European, and have they taken an interest in events on the Continent, or has their distance from Europe led to insularity and xenophobia? Finally, how involved in European affairs has Britain been over the last several hundred years? Jeremy Black's fresh and trenchant analysis sets an increasingly politicised British history in its real European context.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781787381186
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 04/01/2019
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 625,295
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Jeremy Black is Professor of History at the University of Exeter, and one of Britain's most published academics. Among his many books are English Nationalism: A Short History, also published by Hurst (2018).

Table of Contents

Preface ix

1 From the Iron Age to the Reformation 1

2 From the Reformation to the Glorious Revolution 29

3 The Eighteenth Century 49

4 Nineteenth Century 77

5 Twentieth Century 135

6 Britain and Europe Today 185

7 Debating the Links 197

Notes 211

Index 217

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